Katy Vine joined the editorial staff of Texas Monthly in 1997 and became a staff writer in 2002. She has written on a range of topics, including the West fertilizer plant explosion, barbecue pitmasters, Warren Jeffs, the moon landing, the Kilgore Rangerettes, bass fishing, a three-person family circus, chess prodigies, and a reclusive musician named Jandek. Her stories have appeared in the Best American Sports Writing 2005, the Best American Sports Writing 2006, and Best Food Writing 2011. Her 2005 feature story about an Odessa prostitution parlor was the inspiration for the Lifetime television series The Client List. She has contributed to the Oxford American, the Texas Observer, and the radio program “This American Life.”
Although some might consider the Kilgore Rangerettes an anachronism, every summer dozens of fresh-faced teens from around the state flock to East Texas to perfect a seemingly effortless hat-brim-touching high kick—and preserve one of the state’s great traditions.
Brandon Hughey didn’t ask to be a celebrity. All the San
Angeloborn soldier wanted was to avoid fighting
what he considered an unjust war. So he fled to
Canadaand now the private’s every move is public.
Restaurant mogul Tilman Fertitta means to redevelop
Galveston into what some say will be a Gulf Coast
version of Atlantic City. No wonder he’s making waves.
“I used to think, ‘I can’t perform in front of these people!’ And then last night I did a show for more than 13,000.”
“While I was in Hollywood, I wrote for Eddie Arnold and Ernest Tubb and Roy Rogers and Tex Ritter—everybody you can think of.”